Thiruvananthapuram: The state government decided to drop multinational firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from e-mobility project. Transport Minister AK Saseendran confirmed the decision.
Earlier Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala had levelled allegations of corruption in roping in PwC as consultant for the project. He has also alleged that the firm was facing a two-year ban by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
Soon after, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rejected the claims of Chennithala and said there was nothing unusual in awarding the contract to PwC and all necessary procedures were followed. He had also said that only the auditing section of the firm was banned by SEBI.
Meanwhile, the authorities had said that the gold smuggling accused Swapna Suresh was recommended to Space Park project under IT department by consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Following this the firm was removed from consultant post.
The state government, through an order issued by Transport Secretary, had appointed PwC headquartered in London, for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on electric vehicle manufacturing in the state as part of an ambitious Rs-4500-crore e-mobility project to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2022.